Originally Posted by sticknstones
...I am not sure how they did the bullet proof on HDCP 2.2 or HDMI 2.0 and any comments on that would be pure speculation and not very productive. There are some folks working with the 4K pass through without an issue...
To be fair, I don't have an XMC, but I can answer your question as stated above.
- With regard to HDCP 2.2 they did NOT "bullet proof"' it simply because that is not possible for Emotiva, or again, to be fair, neither has, or CAN, anyone else. A product is either HDCP 2.2 compliant or it is not. The XMC is definitely not HDCP 2.2 compliant per their own statements and if it were they would be right to promote it as such. HDCP keys are embedded in the chips and CANNOT be firmware upgraded. For the moment, I believe only some Onkyo AVRs and their Integra cousins are HDCP 2.2 but maybe we'll see more at CEDIA Expo next month. There are some TV sets with it and AFAIK
no sources yet other than, perhaps, the Sony 4K server box.
- As to HDMI 2.0, the chips in the XMC can undoubtedly pass 2160/30p/8-bit video. However, to do HDMI 2.0 you need to be able to at least do 2160/60p/4.2.0.. While the XMC may
pass that, since it isn't certified and uses older HDMI chips, you pay your money and you take your chances going forward. Again, to be fair, while Emo did say the XMC was 2.0 at one point they realized that was an error and retracted that spec claim.
At this point, an upgrade to either of both of these would require a new HDMI board. For $2K I may wait until they offer those, as I am looking for a processor that is software upgradeable for bug fixes and similar, but not something they expect me to take apart to add any new feature.